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I'll be starting the 12 hour shifts, 3 in a row soon. My dog and I are joined at the hip, we 2 of a kind. She goes everywhere with me. What am I going to do leaving her 13 + hours a day! There is no one else at home and I cannot afford someone to come in. Anybody else out there that feels like this? What am I to do. Fluffy :o

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Awwww!

Maybe take her to a kennel? I believe it's about $10 a day here at our local veterinarian office.

Is she a house dog? If your backyard is fenced, you can install a pet door so she can go in and out as she chooses.

That's what we do.

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first, take a deep breath -- it'll all work out. ;) secondly, keep in mind that the majority of dogs simply lounge around and nap while waiting for their human to come back. some other ideas:

do you have any friends/coworkers you can trade off with for "doggie-duty"?

both of you might be helped by bach flower "rescue remedy" to address the separation anxiety.

would you consider fostering a dog from a local shelter or rescue group so your little fur-girl has company? (many groups will provide food and vet care for the foster dog, so you wouldn't have additional expense.)

as a comfort measure, you may want to give your dog a t-shirt that you've slept in.

good luck -- i know i've been worried about my girls when i've been gone for so many hours, but they still love me when i get home!

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My dog does great with the twelve hour shifts. He is in his crate on the nights I work. When I grab my stethoscope and badge he runs to the crate, I give him two cookies and say goodbye. He is always thrilled to see me in the morning and we take a long walk and have breakfast. I think it will become routine for the two of you very quickly. The only time I feel bad is when there is a bad storm in the winter and I am at the hospital wondering if the power is out and the heat off. He doesn't do well in the cold weather. Fortunately that has never happened. Good luck.

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I'll be starting the 12 hour shifts, 3 in a row soon. My dog and I are joined at the hip, we 2 of a kind. She goes everywhere with me. What am I going to do leaving her 13 + hours a day! There is no one else at home and I cannot afford someone to come in. Anybody else out there that feels like this? What am I to do. Fluffy :o

Hey, my dogs are like my "hobbie" and I HATE leaving them.

Does your dog really have seperation anxiety? Or is it you? What does she do if separated? Is she a barker? Digger? Shredder?

It MIGHT help getting another playmate, but it is true- most dogs lay around and sleep. At least, that is what my golden retriever tells me.;)

Give her enough water/food/exersise. Depending if she is trustworthy, a doggie door would be nice for her to come and go. I'd put a hundred dollars that she'd probably get on the couch while you're gone and sprawl out.:spin:

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I have a dog baby like that too. I hate leaving, but he adjusted and did ok. He sees my scrubs and knows I'm going to work and that I'll be back. :)

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The big problem is potty time. It's hard for a dog to last 12 hours. Doggy day care would be one thought. Some kennels do have programs for day care only. Otherwise, can someone stop by your house to give a potty break? I've done that before for a friend. That dog still smiles when she sees me!

Other possibilities, wee wee pads or a dog potty box (it depends on the size of your dog). When I've had to leave my dogs home alone for the night, I'd do a quick run home on my break around midnight. They are always happy to see me.

I also leave the TV on occasionally, on a 3 hour sleep timer. I think the noise is company, and maybe they will watch "Animal Planet".

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Since I work NOCs, I bring my little one with me. She has jackets and a fuzzy blanket, and a wee-wee pad on the floor in case she needs it. A little cup of water, and she's fine. She's nine, and been doing it forever. She is a great traveler, and wonderful guard dog. Course it helps that she's not quite 5 lbs.

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My dog does great with the twelve hour shifts. He is in his crate on the nights I work. When I grab my stethoscope and badge he runs to the crate, I give him two cookies and say goodbye. He is always thrilled to see me in the morning and we take a long walk and have breakfast. I think it will become routine for the two of you very quickly. The only time I feel bad is when there is a bad storm in the winter and I am at the hospital wondering if the power is out and the heat off. He doesn't do well in the cold weather. Fortunately that has never happened. Good luck.

Lots of good advise in this short post by barbyann.

Crate train the dog if it already is not. Dogs love routines. It will get use to it.

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How 'bout a rescued friend for your furkid? There are also doggie day cares, but I don't know about nights. Maybe you could pal up with someone who works days and has a pet so you could switch off pet sitting for free? I think it's great that you are thinking about your pet's happiness. I know idiots who would just get rid of them.

Sanctuary...where do you work that you can bring your doggie? I want to apply!

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Are you working now? Does the dog spend any time alone? I would start by leaving her alone for increasingly long periods of time, especially if you are going to need to crate her, or leave her in a bathroom.

Dogs are pretty adaptable to their routine and over time she will get used to it.

I HATE HATE HATE leaving my two needy clingy pups for those long days and at first I had separtaion anxiety and thought about them all day worrying if they were o.k., missing me, having anxiety, getting hungry, etc. After a while we all got over it.

Good luck.

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Doggie daycare has been my saving grace! During nursing school my furbaby was crated for 10+ hours a day and I felt like it was torture for her. Daycare was the most amazing thing! She played all day with other dogs in a secure environment and I was even able to watch her play on a webcam! Be sure you interview the people working there thoroughly and avoid chains like PetSmart (unless that's your only option) since they tend to hire non-professionals. I like individually owned and operated places, personally, since they are fully involved with the place. In any case, I hope you found an answer for your problem. My pup still goes to daycare twice a week and I tend to work my 12's three in a row like you... she has such a great time.

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